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**The Washington State Library has been participating in the Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Depository Library Program since its inception over 100 years ago. The State Library was designated as the Regional Depository Library for Washington and Alaska on May 10, 1965. Since that time the library has received most federal publications distributed by GPO through the program. The requirements for the program are in Section 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code. The formats distributed through the program include printed reports, microfiche, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and maps. The program also provides access to online publications and services via the Internet.

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Hidden gems in State Library’s federal collection  February 1, 2016

**Hot Topics**

  • HealthCare.gov Learn about new health care laws and the new Health Insurance Marketplace that launches on October 1.
  • Congress.gov Start using the beta version of the site set to replace Thomas, the current source for federal bills and related information.
  • Mobile Apps from GPO (Government Printing Office) Find mobile apps/versions of the current budget of the U.S. Government, the Plum Book (presidential appointments), presidential documents, and the Member Guide for the 112th Congress.
  • Richard Nixon Grand Jury Records The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released the transcripts of President Richard Nixon's grand jury testimony regarding Watergate to the public.  It is rare for grand jury testimony to be made publicly available and President Nixon's testimony has been reviewed for any information that must be redacted as required by law.
  • Historical Topographic Maps High resolution scans of more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online from the US Geological Survey (USGS).  All scales and editions of US topographic maps are available as a georeferenced digital download or as a printed copy from the USGS Store.
  • Digital Topographic Maps for Washington Digital maps, arranged in the traditional 7.5-minute quadrangle format, are now available for Washington State. Click on "Downoad Maps (map store)" to be taken to a map interface where you can either zoom in to the area you are interested in or do a word search for a particular quad in the state.

Federal Government Resources on the Web

Search Engines and Portals More Government Resources              Executive            
Mashups, Blogs, and Social Networking              Statistics Legislative
Economic Recovery Resources Calculators Judicial

Search Engines and Portals

  • Google's Uncle Sam Search government sites on the web
  • Federal Web Locator Center for Information Law and Policy
  • University of Michigan Document Center Alphabetical listing of federal government documents and resources
  • USA.gov Official multi-topic portal to U.S. government information, linking to various federal government agencies and commissions
  • Government Printing Office Browse Topics Federal government information by subject. Maintained by the University of Central Oklahoma
  • GPO Access Official information from all three branches of the Federal Government
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications GPO's finding tool for federal publications
  • Documents Data Miner 2 A website for people who work with and manage federal publications
  • Fed World Locate Government Information
  • YouTube U.S. Government Channel Find the latest videos covering government information and hot political topics
  • Federal Websites for Tribal Libraries Useful guide to federal resources with information on Native Americans
  • FDsys Provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and federal agencies and preserved as technology changes
  • Office of the Federal Register Provides access to the official text of federal regulatory material, federal laws, and presidential documents
  • GovPulse.us Search and browse Federal Register entries with this user-friendly interface
  • MetaLib Retrieve reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across 53 federal government databases
  • ScienceCinema Find scientific videos highlighting research and development sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • DOE Green Energy Search for green energy results from Dept. of Energy research and development projects
  • Science Accelerator Search eight Dept. of Energy databases and four federated search tools simultaneously for research and development results, project descriptions, and more

Government Mashups, Blogs, and Social Networking

Economic Recovery Resources

More Government Services and Information Resources



  • MyMoney.gov Find calculators to figure out out how long it will take to pay off a credit card, estimate your Social Security benefits, and more
  • Inflation Calculator Determine how much a dollar in years past - dating back to 1913 - would buy you in today's market
  • Cost of Raising a Child Input the age of each child, the region where you live, and how much your family earns to return the estimated cost of raising a child for one year
  • Healthfinder.gov Find health information from government and nonprofit sources, including calculators to help with assessing and tracking health and fitness
  • My Pyramid Tracker Learn about your diet quality and physical activity status using online assessment tools, including a calorie counter and an energy expenditure calculator
  • Health Check Tools Find a variety of calculators, quizzes, and assessment tools presented in an A to Z list of topics
  • Energy Calculators Evaluate energy usage for your home, buildings in general, industry, or vehicles
  • Home Energy Saver Use your zip code to find a profile of yearly energy costs for an average energy-efficient home in your area or enter in your full address and fill out a questionnaire to calculate your home energy consumption
  • Household Emissions Get a detailed assessment of your household emissions, suggestions for how to reduce them, and an estimate of how much you will save by taking suggested actions
  • Your Car Find links to a fuel cost calculator, resources about buying a car, alternative fuel vehicles, and strategies for reducing your fuel cost